AUTEUR : Anthony D. Blake
REF : 0
EDITION : 1899
DATE : 20 Oct 1899 - 12:00
COURSE : 8
DESCRIPTION SITE :
Race 3 of the America's Cup on
October 19th, 1899, between the defender "Columbia" and challenger "Shamrock I"
, was described by the press of the day as the most exciting race for many
years. In a 20 knot wind the yachts raced over a 30 mile course off Sandy Hook,
New York, consisting of a 15 mile run to the leeward mark, followed by a 15 mile
beat back to the finish.NOTES AMERICA-SCOOP :
The painting depicts the yachts, with
working topsails and carrying spinnakers on the run to the leeward mark.
"Columbia", skippered by the famous Charlie Barr, has managed to pass "Shamrock
I", but is having to change her course to starboard to prevent "Shamrock I" from
'taking her wind'. At times, it was said, “Columbia's” spinnaker ballooned
upwards and the spinnaker pole would bend alarmingly. A cloud casts a shadow on
the water ahead of “Shamrock I”. The weather is fine with a fresh 20 knot wind
and sea running, enabling the yachts to surf down the waves at speeds in excess
of 15 knots.
There is a large spectator fleet following the
yachts. The Navy sent a flotilla of torpedo boats to patrol the spectator fleet
and keep them away from the racing yachts. One of the black Herreshoff designed
and built torpedo boats can be seen astern of “Columbia”.
Commodore J.P. Morgan is on board his steam yacht "Corsair", which can be seen
in the background on the left hand side of the painting, together with the white
steam yacht "Erin", owned by Sir Thomas Lipton, the owner of "Shamrock
"Columbia" managed to hold off "Shamrock I" until the leeward
mark. On the beat back to the finish "Columbia" pulled away and finished
6minutes 34 seconds ahead on corrected time to win the America's Cup.
"Columbia" was designed by Nathaneil Herreshoff and built for a New York
Yacht Club syndicate of Commodore J.P.Morgan, ex Commodore E.D. Morgan and C.
Oliver Iselin. "Shamrock I" was designed by William Fife Jr. and built at
Thorneycroft's yard on the Thames, England, for Sir Thomas Lipton.
THE AMERICA'S CUP WILL REMAIN HERE; Columbia Makes it Three Straight from
Shamrock. WON BY OVER SIX MINUTES
NEWPORT, R.I., Oct.
20. -- The cup is safe, and Columbia is the gem of the ocean. The yachting
supremacy of the United States is just where it was before the formidable
Shamrock was turned out of the brain of Will Fife of Fairlie, and there is a
place for another challenger as soon as one can be found who will undertake the
task of “lifting” the cup....LICENCE :
Autorisation de l'auteur acceptée le 28/03/2019